posted on Nov, 25 2012 @ 08:18 PM
I grew up knowing how to can the harvest, sew patches of scrap fabric to make quilts and blankets, and raising a garden to have food through the
winter. One does this to keep grocery costs down cause heating fuel consumption is more in the winter. So to offset it in the tight budget a family
gives up something to stay warm and whats the first thing people cut back on when things get tight? The quality of their food choices. Higher up in
the posts someone said pasta instead of beans. Beans are a source of protein, where as pasta and rice are carbohydrates. Both are necessary for muscle
and energy. Just be sure to balance them out, you'll feel better and be stronger for it. Quinoa is a good source of protein in grain form, just get
creative with it cooking, its bland just by itself.
I don't necessarily consider my self a prepper, but I guess by definition I am. I prefer to describe myself as preparitory toward self
sustainibility. I began dehydrating for hiking and camping meals. Then more just as a means of food preservation of my herbs. Expanding into veggies
because I water bath can, and am just beginning to pressure can because most vegs can't be water bathed. This has led me to seed saving and trading.
I got to my local ag center, which has produce markets and auctions. When foods we eat are in harvest season is the best time to save money, so I get
enough for the week and about two cannings worth to boot. I save the non gmo heirloom seed for next years garden therefore I might not have to rebuy
that product cause I will be raising my own. Also ask farmers at the market if they have "seconds" good produce but maybe not as pretty as their
premium sell items. I don't have space to till a lot of soil, so I get icing buckets from wally world, ours sell on Sunday nights one dollar a
bucket. I ended up with 17 buckets I drilled holes in for tomatoes, peppers, cukes, carrots, green beans, etc. I also got the shipping pallets free
from another store, turned upright, made landscape fabric pockets filled with soil and compost and planted more beans and herbs. So I am not out alot
of money and have to invest the time into blanching freezing or canning, or dehydrating. But knowing how to use these methods gives variety to your
eating habits. I ask neighbors whose pear tree never gets harvested for some and they gave me all if I would clean up out of the yard. I ask two
others for the rose hips from their lovely bushes and dried for rose hip tea. Dried my mint, which is yummy on a cold grey afternoon when weather
beats up and you just want to get home! I do this as a way to save money as a lfiestyle, cause frankly I am cheap. We now have beautiful quilts and a
Sorry to prattle on so, but I have learned so much, I just want to share. This skill is a building exercise. A good easy way to stretch a budget to
make ends meet, or have that income go toward say paying for internet. We did without cable for necessity but now it a choice not to have it, and
frankly don't miss the drivel and commercials.
My latest dehydrating item was oranges and lemons. On sale now its the holidays, will package with home grown teas for presents. And just plop one in
the cup while steeping and enjoy. Or mince into muffins mix. I would like to have chickens, but really rather support my local vendors till am ready
for the next step. We do have "get home bags" in our vehicles in the event we have to abandon it. We do have contingency plans if water or electric
go out during a winter storm, with alternative heating and cooking methods. We live in a tornado and earthquake prone area, so it only makes sense to
be able to take care of yourself, cause I really don't want to get shoved onto that bus and be a victim of circumstance.